Juneau-Douglas girls earn 6th straight win over Soldotna

The Juneau-Douglas girls basketball team used a strong first and four quarter to beat visiting Soldotna 51-36 Saturday night.

Kendyl Carson finished with 19 points, including 9 from 3 pointers. Sophomore Caitlyn Pusich had 10 points.

The Crimson Bears (12-3, 4-0 Southeast) shot out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter. The Stars were met with intense defense up and down the court by Juneau’s agile guards, turning the ball over seven times in the first quarter.

Three quarters later, guards Kendyl Carson and Caitlin Pusich spurred a 14-0 run to put away the steadfast Stars.

Soldotna relied heavily on the passing and post play of sisters’ Aliann and Danica Schmidt. The duo combined for 20 points in the losing effort.

“I thought a lot of their points were scored off of our errors,” said Soldotna guard Danica Schmidt. “If we can correct that in the future, we can beat teams like that. … If we can learn to contain players like [Carson], we’ll do a lot better this season.”

Despite leading by 9 at half, the Crimson Bears were not able to run away with the game.

The Stars outscored the Crimson Bears 10-9 in the third quarter. Juneau-Douglas scaled back its full-court press, which allowed Soldotna to execute its half-court offense.

“We’re struggling with some sickness and we ran out of gas,” said JDHS head coach Lesslie Knight said of the decision not to apply full-court pressure throughout the game. “And then once we start subbing in our bench, we’re not as big and fast.”

Aliann Schmidt made both her free throws with 7:23 remaining in the game that made it 34-28.

After a missed Pusich 3-pointer, Aliann made her 3-point attempt and Soldotna pulled within 3. Then the Crimson Bears offense clicked into gear once more, putting the game out of reach.

Knight says her team likes to put up points in a hurry, but needs to recognize when to slow the pace down.

“We rely pretty heavily on Kendyl and its just a matter of recognizing when to pull it back out and to be patient,” said Knight. “She runs a fast break well and she just has to be under control when she’s doing it.”


Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nolin.ainsworth@juneauempire.com.


More in Sports

JDHS junior Sean Oliver and senior Orion Dybdahl share all-tournament honors at the conclusion of this year’s 3-game Al Howard Shootout tournament in Soldotna. (Courtesy Photo / Robert Casperson)
JDHS boys finish 2-1 in Al Howard Shootout tournament

Next, they play two cross-town games.

JDHS girls and boys basketball team pose for a photo outside after traveling to Soldotna for a 3-game tournament. (Courtesy Photo / Tanya Nizich)
JDHS girls win 2, lose 1 in tournament play

Next up, is an away game against Service High School.

Thunder Mountain’s Thomas Baxter (30) prepares to shoot the ball as Kayhi’s Archie Dundas (22), Jared Rhoades (15), and Andrew Kleinschmidt-Guthrie (13) try to block him during Thunder Mountain’s 54-56 loss to Kayhi on Friday at Ketchikan High School. On Saturday, the Falcons won the rematch 60-58. (Christopher Mullen / Ketchikan Daily News)
TMHS boys bounce back against Kayhi

Another day, another 2-point game.

TMHS sophomore Kerra Baxter (22) dribbles while surveying the court during a loss to Wasilla. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS loses two to Wasilla

Similar final scores, but two very different games.

Anna Dale, a senior and the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears Varsity hockey team’s assistant captain, goes above and beyond on and off the ice. Dale talked with the Empire about her love for the game and how hockey will continue to play a role in her future after high school. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire) Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Transcending Treadwell: Anna Dale hopes to play hockey at the next level and inspire others to get on the ice

“She’s somebody who takes some risks, keeps people together and goes to bat for the team.”

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears hockey team played against Houston High School’s Hawks Friday evening at Houston’s home, one of three weekend of away games for the team. (Courtesy / Judy Campbell)
Crimson Bears hockey takes home mixed results from away games

The team preps for upcoming weekend home tournament and #LivelikeMatthewC game

Kayhi’s Lindsay Byron (21) tries to block Juneau’s Skylar Tuckwood (13) as she attempts a layup Friday at Ketchikan High School. Juneau won 40 to 33. Photo by Christopher Mullen Ketchikan Daily News
JDHS girls net big conference wins in Ketchikan

Crimson Bears girls find two wins against Lady Kings.

Courtesy Photo / Robert Casperson 
JDHS junior Sean Oliver and senior Orion Dybdahl pose for a photo on Saturday after earning all-tournament honors at the O’Brady Invitational tournament in South Anchorage.
JDHS boys basketball takes 3rd place in O’Brady Invitational tournament

Crimson Bears beat Bartlett and and South Anchorage but fall to West Valley.

Sophomore Addison Wilson races toward the basket late in TMHS' comeback win. Wilson was one of four players on her team to score 9 points. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain girls storm back for a Saturday night win

They play again at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Most Read